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Workbench Build - Splayed leg French Bench #2: Guide Block for the Wooden Screw Tap

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Blog entry by Mauricio posted 911 days ago 4158 reads 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Top&Legs Jointed, Starting to layout the Wooden Screws. Part 2 of Workbench Build - Splayed leg French Bench series Part 3: Tap for Wooden Nut »

Hello LJ’s,

As noted in the previous post I’m halfway through the milling of my lumber. I’ve set that aside for the weekend when I can run my machines without waking the kids.

For now I’m starting to work on the wooden screw for my leg vise.

First I thought I would post some of my sketches for my wooden screw plans. Maybe they will be helpful for someone else. Sorry, not as pretty as Mads sketches…



Here is what I got done last night.
I had already glued together the two pieces of 2×4 for the guide block.

-Last night I cut out the recess for chips
-Cut the kerf for the guide plate.

Then I cut up an old saw for the metal guide piece. No one will miss this crappy old Buck Bros Saw!
Stuck it in and marked out the shape:

Then used the calipers to scratch out the 1/4” protrusion:

I will save you from seeing the pictures of the metal cutting, It was ugly since I only had a hacksaw, that was going slow so I changed to sheet metal snips. That was a little faster but uglier. I need to buy an angle grinder or a reciprocating saw with a metal cutting blade for the next metal working project.

Once it was cut out I had to cut the semicircle. Here I used the hacksaw to remove most of the waste and then a round file to refine the shape:

And voila! I have a guide block for my tap!

It’s so exciting to finally be making progress on this screw project!

Next I need to cut the kerf that guides the tap, make a mortise and wedge for the cutter, and of course I need to make the cutter.

Thanks for reading!

Mauricio

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch



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Brit

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#1 posted 911 days ago

Nice. You’ll be making screws for everything once you’ve done one. Very cool.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Brandon

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#2 posted 911 days ago

Sweet! Can’t wait to see the screw! I have the same crappy Buck Bros saw, so if you ever decide you need one, let me know. ;-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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CartersWhittling

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#3 posted 910 days ago

As far as I can tell it looks like you are doing a good job and it will work fine. I look foward to seeing how carving the screw by hand will be. If I didn’t own a router and only had to make one screw I would do it by hand aswell. I may make a large screw in the future with 1 1/3 tpi, in that case I would do the screw by hand.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/

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#4 posted 910 days ago

This is great Mauricio. Thanks for posting.

-- ~Tony

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KOVA

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#5 posted 910 days ago

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/57123 MAURICIO:
PARA QUE LA LEG VISE NO SE DESEQUILIBRE Y HAGA FUERZA TORCIDA, DEBES EQUILIBRARLA DESDE ABAJO CON UN PEDAZO DE MADERA DEL MISMO GROSOR QUE LA PIEZA A SUJETAR!!!!!!!

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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KOVA

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#6 posted 910 days ago

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/57123 MAURICIO:
PARA QUE LA LEG VISE NO SE DESEQUILIBRE Y HAGA FUERZA TORCIDA, DEBES EQUILIBRARLA DESDE ABAJO CON UN PEDAZO DE MADERA DEL MISMO GROSOR QUE LA PIEZA A SUJETAR!!!!!!!

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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RGtools

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#7 posted 910 days ago

I am so jealous on this part of your project. Making a press screw is on my bucket list.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Mauricio

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#8 posted 910 days ago

RG, hopefully this inspires you to.do it, its been easy so far. But I have a lot more to go.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Mauricio

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#9 posted 910 days ago

Carter, thanks for checking out my progress. And thanks for putting up your tutorial. I’m looking forward to the carving phase of this project.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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